Still at university and can’t decide what to do after graduation? Graduated in the past 3 years and haven’t settled on a career that suits you?

Train to teach with Ark Teacher Training and join us in transforming lives through education.

Our two-year training programme offers the best graduates the opportunity to make a real difference.

The programme

Unlike a university-based PGCE, you will be based in a school of your choice from day one, having an impact straight away. You’ll spend the whole academic year with your students, watching them progress, as well as seeing your own development. You will also get the opportunity to teach in two other schools, helping you to develop as a teacher and understand how other schools work.

The programme provides the perfect balance of theory and practice. You’ll have a dedicated tutor overseeing every aspect of your training, your very own coach offering advice and support, in-school staff dedicated to your development, access to education experts across the network and continuous support and guidance to build your confidence in managing a classroom and controlling behaviour.

At the end of you first year, you will receive:

  • QTS (Qualified Teacher Status),
  • PGCE (postgraduate certificate in education)
  • 60 credits towards a Master’s degree

Find out more about our application process.

Graduate Co-teacher programme

Thinking about a career in teaching, but want a bit more experience in the classroom before starting your training? Our Graduate Co-teacher programme is the perfect pathway into teaching. Spend a year as a Co-teacher in an Ark primary school, providing individual and small group support to the pupils who need it most. Find out more.

What: One-year contract
When: September 2018
Who: Recent graduates
Where: Birmingham, Hastings and London

Become a Campus Ambassador

Still at uni and want to be involved with Ark Teacher Training? We’re looking for Campus Ambassadors to raise the profile of Ark Teacher Training on your university campus -through social media, on-campus events and networks in societies & sports clubs. Find out more.

What: Part-time role
When: One-year contract
Who: Second or third year students
Where: Your university campus

Insight days

The best way to find out what it’s like to be a teacher is to experience a working classroom yourself! We run a series of Insight days throughout the year which aim to give prospective applicants the opportunity to see what happens inside a classroom, as well as to observe different teachers and meet some of our students. Find out more.

What: Full-day in school
When: Throughout the year
Who: Available to everyone
Where: Most locations

Open days

Want to get a taster of life as a trainee teacher? Our primary and secondary schools in Birmingham are running a series of open days in March and May. Have the chance to observe lessons in action and experience a teacher training session with one of our professional tutors. Find out more and apply now.

What: Half-day in school
When: March and May
Who: Available to everyone
Where: Birmingham

Summer Internship

Our week-long internship placement is taking place in July 2017 in one of our London schools, Globe Academy. The programme is designed to give you a taste of what it is like to be an Ark teacher trainee, giving you the opportunity to fully immerse yourself into school life for a week. On the programme you will:

  • Observe a variety of lessons, watching great teaching in action
  • Meet with participants on the programme, hearing their experience of the programme first-hand
  • Take part in teaching activities, as well as leading extra-curricular sessions for pupils

What: One-week placement
When: July 2017
Who: Penultimate year students
Where: Globe Academy, London

Places are now full for the 2017 Summer Internship. We will be advertising future Internship dates in Autumn 2017. 

Every child deserves a great education and excellent teaching can make that happen. I decided I wanted to be a part of that.

AminGraduated from Queen Mary University of London in 2016

I chose Ark Teacher Training because it offers the perfect balance of support and coaching, with the practical classroom experience.

KateGraduated from Cambridge University in 2014

I wanted to be a teacher, because I'd seen the impact my teachers had on me and I wanted to be able to inspire others.

AzariahGraduated from Birmingham University in 2016

Apply Now!

Applying is easy. All applications are through UCAS. Find us on there, or search using the specific codes for our courses and apply.

For more information on what subjects we offer, click here.

You may find it helpful to come along to one of our regular information events.

If you are not quite ready to fill in your application but would like to send us your CV for us to have an informal chat with you and to guide you through the process, then please email

We’re here to help every step of the way. Get in touch with us by calling 0203 116 6353 or email us at